New Indie Movies: 'The Sparks Brothers' and Other Gems

Hot docs and riveting dramas make up the new indies this weekend. Here are our picks for the best new indie movies now available in theaters or on demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - "The Sparks Brothers"

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This week's new indie movies explore the good and bad of fame, all the while looking at the private lives of popular figures from music, film, and literature. There's also a creepy new thriller and a powerful drama for Father's Day. Take your picks, or choose them all, from our picks of all the best newly available independent movies that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: The Sparks Brothers
    Director Edgar Wright filming Ron Mael and Russell Mael in "The Sparks Brothers."

    photo: Richie Starzec / © Focus Features / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Director Edgar Wright ("Baby Driver") steps into documentary filmmaking with this profile of cult L.A. pop duo Sparks. Wright talks to contemporaries and famous fans like Flea, Beck, and Jason Shwartzman to paint a full picture on the enigmatic band. Infused with the band's famous idiosyncrasies, "The Sparks Brothers" premiered to praise at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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The Sparks Brothers

Music / 2021 / R

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  • Fatherhood
    Kevin Hart in "Fatherhood."

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    Kevin Hart steps away from comedy for this serious drama based on a true story. Hart portrays Matthew Logelin, a loving father that finds himself suddenly and tragically on his own as he raises his baby daughter. Aptly timed for a Father's Day release, "Fatherhood" reminds us of all of the hard work and sacrifices young single dads make every day.

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    Fatherhood

    Drama / 2021 / PG-13

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  • Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
    Rita Moreno in "Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It."

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    Rita Moreno has led an extraordinary life. She was hand-picked by Gene Kelly to appear in "Singin' in the Rain." It was a very unstereotypical role for a Latina actress at the time. She was the first Hispanic actress to win an Academy Award, for her lead role in "West Side Story." And now, 70 years later, she's set to come full circle. This December she'll appear in Steven Speilberg's remake of the very same musical. In the middle of all that Moreno and filmmaker Mariem Pérez Riera peel back the actress's legacy and career.

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    Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

    Documentary / 2021 / PG-13

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  • Gaia
    Carel Nel, Monique Rockman in "Gaia."

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    Creepy things are afoot for an injured park ranger saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. Just who -- or what -- is lurking in these woods? "Gaia" is a pick for those looking for more thrills and chills. This especially after taking in "A Quiet Place: Part II" and "The Conjuring 3."

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    Gaia

    Horror / 2021 / R

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  • Sweat
    Magdalena Kolesnik in "Sweat."

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    The pressures of Instagram life come to a head in this riveting Swedish drama. Magdalena Kolesnik stars as young fitness influencer Sylwia. She has it all until the need for oversharing gets the best of her. Newcomer Kolesnik is a force in a movie that should be seen by everyone stuck to their screen, craving "likes."

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    Sweat

    Drama / 2020

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  • Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
    Archival footage of Truman Capote in "Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation."

    © Kino Lorber / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland details the works and friendship of two of literature's most well-known writers, novelist Truman Capote and playwright Tennesee Williams. A perfect doc for Pride Month, "Truman & Tennessee" looks at how their LGBTQ identity shaped their lives. Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons bring the writers to life.

    • Where to watch: In select theaters and On Demand
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    Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

    Documentary / 2020

Hot Indie Trailer: How It Ends

One of Sundance 2021's buzziest titles is coming soon to theaters this summer. As the world is coming to an end, Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) heads out to her friend's end-of-the-world bash. Read our full trailer breakdown here.

  • In theaters July 20
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How It Ends

Comedy / 2021 / R

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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